GE gas turbines selected for new district heating plant in Germany

24 September 24, 2002 – GE Power Systems announced Tuesday an order for two Frame 9E gas turbines and associated equipment for a 400 MW combined-cycle power plant in Munich, Germany.

The new facility, to be used for district heating, will be owned by Stadtwerke Muenchen GmbH of Munich, while the prime contractor for the project is VA TECH Hydro GmbH of Vienna, Austria.

The two PG9171E gas turbines will be manufactured at GE Power Systems’ facility in Belfort, France. The turbines, each rated at 126 MW at ISO conditions, will be equipped with GE Speedtronic Mark V control systems, and will use water injection for NOx reduction. Natural gas will be the primary fuel with light distillate as the backup fuel.

“The 50-hertz Frame 9E is a workhorse of GE’s global fleet of gas turbines,” said Julien Wertz, 9E Product Line Leader at GE Power Systems. “Its reliability, proven in more than eight million hours of utility and industrial service worldwide, was a key factor in the selection of the 9E for this project in Germany.”

The Frame 9E was recently uprated to provide an increase of approximately 2.2 per cent in output. The uprated machine incorporates well-tested technology advancements and builds on the overall experience of the GE gas turbine family.

The gas turbines will be shipped to the site during the third quarter of 2003 and the combined-cycle plant will begin commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2004. GE also will provide technical assistance and on-site training services for the project.

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